Welcome to the Language Testing Research Centre. Please take some time to browse our site to familiarise yourselves with our Academic achievements and Professional Services. We work closely with many organisations both in Australia and internationally.
Established in 1990, the Language Testing Research Centre (LTRC) at the University of Melbourne has become an international leader in research and development in language assessment and language program evaluation.
The LTRC comprises a team of internationally renowned researchers in language assessment and language program evaluation. The Centre work focuses around research and validation of language tests, test development, consultancies and industry linkages. The Centre also owns a variety of language tests which can be licenced for use by external clients. Other focus areas of the Centre include training in language assessment through regular workshops for both teachers and researchers; supervision of Masters and PhD students and chairing the Assessment Research Group run in the School of Languages and Linguistics. The Centre also currently co-edits the regional language testing journal Papers in Language Testing and Assessment.
LTRC was successfully awarded two research grants from Pearson Education in late 2016. These research studies commenced in early 2017.News
Dr Ute Knoch, Associate Professor Cathie Elder and Professor Tim McNamara comment in relation to proposed changes to the Australian Citizenship TestFact check: Will the Government's new citizenship test demand a university-level standard of English?News
The LTRC has recently published a report by Knoch, U. & Frost, K. titled “Setting Empirical Standards on the Diagnostic English Language Needs Assessment (DELA)”News
The LTRC has made a submission to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in response to the discussion paper entitled ‘Strengthening the test for Australian citizenship’. We comment on two areas in this submission, (1) the proposed introduction of a separate upfront English language test and (2) the proposed changes to the Australian citizenship test.News
A Special issue of PLTA titled ‘Teacher assessment literacy in second and foreign language education’ has been published onlineNews
LTRC specialises in measuring the language proficiency skills required for the workplace or for academic study purposes. Projects undertaken with industry partners have focussed on a range of sectors including health, defence, interpreting and translating, aviation and higher education.
The LTRC has expertise in school-based assessment in English and other languages. Government funded projects carried out in Australian schools include the evaluation of assessment tools and frameworks for speakers of English as a second or foreign language and measurement of school achievements in Asian languages.
The LTRC provides services in the evaluation of language programs, including bilingual, English as a Second Language, and foreign language programs in schools, colleges and universities.
The LTRC runs workshops on language assessment on topics relevant to client needs. LTRC staff teach into the Master of Applied Linguistics program and are actively involved in supervising graduate students.
Workshops on Language Testing and Assessment
The LTRC offers training to develop your skills in language assessment and/or language program evaluation. Custom-made workshops can be created on demand.
Professional Certificate in Language Assessment and Testing
The LTRC is currently developing a fully online Professional Certificate in Language Assessment
Master of Applied Linguistics
The LTRC is actively involved in supervising Masters and PhD theses on language assessment/testing
LTRC staff are willing to supervise PhD thesis on topics relating to language assessment.
The LTRC works with clients to develop new language tests that are tailored to their specific needs or to evaluate assessment tools and frameworks that are currently in use. It also offers a number of ready-made tests via online and offline platforms.
LTRC has established links with educational institutions and assessment agencies in many countries including Japan, China, Chile, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, New Zealand, UK and US. Consultancies undertaken for these agencies include research on high stakes admissions tests such as IELTS and TOEFL, test development and analysis, assessor training and professional development.
The LTRC has built an international reputation for its prolific research (both commissioned and grant-funded) on the assessment of language proficiency in the context of migration, as well as in various educational and workplace contexts. It has a strong record of publication in both peer-reviewed academic journals and other outlets. The LTRC is also active in mentoring graduate students in language testing through thesis supervision, studentships and via a regular seminar series on language testing and assessment for PhD students and staff.